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Mars Awakens
Mars Awakens

Mars Awakens

Mars Duology


288 Pages, 5.04 x 7.8

Formats: Trade Paper, EPUB

Trade Paper, $15.99 (US $15.99) (CA $20.99)

Publication Date: May 2024

ISBN 9781760526979

Rights: US & CA

Allen & Unwin (May 2024)
A & U Children


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Kids from rival Martian colonies must come together to fight for survival in this thrilling middle-grade space adventure

Raised in rival colonies on Mars, each long ago abandoned by Earth, Dee and Holt have been brought up to hate even the idea of each other. But when a mysterious object crash-lands on a far-flung plain, they are both sent to investigate and their fates intertwine.

Together they must battle epic storms and deadly bioclouds while unpicking the web of lies they have been told about their planet. Will their bond be strong enough to withstand the arrival of a mysterious invader that threatens to end life on Mars forever?

Timely and compelling, Mars Awakens is the unputdownable first book in a duology offering a window into our future.


'Blast off to Mars in this thrilling tale of mysterious threats and unlikely friendships!' National Geographic Kids

'Waugh...draws on her scientific knowledge to create this...pacey sci-fi thriller in which gender roles are swapped - in this future, girls are the genetically stronger and must protect boys - which ends on a proper nail-biting cliffhanger.' The Sydney Morning Herald

'Conflict, friendship and the environment come together in an engaging story for middle-grade readers...with more to come.' Geelong Advertiser
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Author Biography

H.M. Waugh is an environmental scientist, writer and educator with a long-term love of wild places and high mountains. This has led to icy feet and sunburnt cheeks in magical countries like New Zealand, Nepal, Bolivia and Switzerland. She has studied dolphins in New Zealand and rare plants in the Wheatbelt, and worked in mining and construction projects across Western Australia. When she's not writing, she's teaching school and community groups about science and the environment.